15 Cheap Holiday Gifts You Can Give Anyone in Your Professional Network
You’re one of the lucky ones: You have an awesome career mentor who you can go to with any issue or concern. And if not an official mentor, you have someone in your life who’s been extra helpful in your job search, who sets you up with great opportunities, or who you feel comfortable pinging with career-related questions.
So, around the holidays, you probably want to give him or her a little token of appreciation. And by little, you’d prefer for it to be on the cheaper end of things.
We got you—and we’ve gathered 15 great options—all under $20!
1. Threshold Wine Tote-Pop, $5
What really makes this gift shine is throwing in an (under $15) bottle of wine as well.
2. The Innovator’s Dilemma: The Revolutionary Book That Will Change the Way You Do Business by Clayton Christensen, $10
Your contact is a major influence in your career, so why not give him or her the book that “deeply influenced” Steve Jobs. (And if not that one, one of these books recommended by successful people.)
Perfect for the person who has everything (or loves a monogram).
What could be better than hot chocolate on a stick? Answer: A gift set that also includes jumbo marshmallows.
Moisturizing soaps and lotions are practical because it’s winter, but this set is festive too. Bonus: They’re all easy to toss in a liquids bag for an upcoming vacation.
6. Merry and Bright Tea, $15
Does your contact love a cup of tea? Go with this festive gift.
This stylish planner would be great for anyone. Bonus: It includes maps to get around London, New York City, and Paris.
Handwritten notes are a great way to stay in touch with your network—and notecards are a thoughtful gift for the best networker you know.
9. Snowflora Soy Candle, $18
The snowflakes and icicles scent is perfect for the holidays!
10. Star Wars Death Star Tea Infuser, $20
This is not just a tea infuser: It’s the perfect present for your contact who’s obsessed with Star Wars (and possibly already lining up to see the movie).
A chic, whimsical way for your contact to keep track of all the business cards she collects at her next networking event.
When in doubt? Chocolate.
13. Wild Wanderer Planter, $20
A planter that’s the perfect size for a desk.
14. Paris Cocktails, $20
For anyone who loves new recipes, delicious drinks, and travel—and who doesn’t?—this book is perfect.
15. Kikkerland Vintage Game Set, $20
Bring back the classics with this light-hearted gift.
Hopefully this list helps you find the perfect present for all the helpful professional contacts in your life. And above all, remember that expressing your gratitude for all of their guidance over the last year is one of the best gifts you can give.
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Sara McCord most often writes about making a better professional impression. She also covers topics specifically for working moms who want to excel in their careers. She's been published on Mashable (where she was a regular career contributor), as well as Forbes, Newsweek, TIME, Inc., and Business Insider. A Staff Writer/Editor for The Muse, Sara has experience managing programs; recruiting, interviewing, and referring job applicants; building strategic partnerships; advising executive directors; and supporting a national network of volunteers. See more of her writing on her website or follow her on Twitter @sarajmccord.More from this Author